Choosing Your Bra
Here we answer some of the questions you might have and what products we find best for different situations.
What are the benefits of post-surgery bras?
1. Supportive, adjustable straps help to restore your body posture
2. Deeper cups and front for comfort, support and extra cover
3. Discreet pockets to hold your prosthesis securely and invisibly for real peace of mind
4. Wider underband to keep your bra securely in place
5. Wider sides for extra coverage and comfort under the arms and around the back.
Why are the bras pocketed?
The majority of our bras have bilateral pockets and are suitable after all types of surgery. The ingenious pocket design means even if you don’t require a pocket you can benefit from products designed with your comfort and needs in mind. If you wear a prosthesis, place it in the pocket required. On the side where the pocket is not needed the design cleverly folds back into the cup and will act as a lining, allowing your natural breast to fill the cup.
What bra is good for use immediately after surgery?
When you have undergone breast surgery, it is important to have a comfortable bra to wear straight after surgery. Your arm movement maybe slightly restricted and stiff, especially if you have had lymph nodes removed, so we suggest a front fastening bra with easy front closure so you won’t need to struggle with a rear fastener.
Our Hilary Bra (7060) is ideal after a mastectomy as it is pocketed to hold a softie. A softie is a lightweight temporary prosthesis which you will be given to wear for 6-8 weeks until you are fitted with a permanent silicone prosthesis.
If you have had a reconstruction or lumpectomy it is likely that you will not require a softie so a pocketed bra is not necessary. Your surgeon may suggest finding a supportive sports bra and our Serena Sports Bra (5523) is ideal. The clever construction gives support and compression where needed.
Undergoing radiotherapy treatment?
After you have had a radiotherapy session you may want to consider a style that is super-comfortable to wear and extra soft against your skin. Our Nastasja Bra (5362) is made from microfibre material and with soft pocket lining, ideal for wearing after treatment.
Choosing a bra ideal if you have lymphoedema?
The wide, slightly padded straps and deeper side wings makes the Safina Bra (5349) an excellent choice if you are suffering from lymphoedema. The wider straps alleviates tension on the shoulder and won’t dig in like a narrower strap would, which can often aggravate lymphoedema. The wide sides offer some compression which also helps keep lymphoedema at bay.
Can you wear underwired bras?
If you like the support underwired bras provide it is possible to continue wearing them approximately 6-12 months after surgery. We strongly recommend you consult with your Breast Care Nurse before wearing, as your scar will need to have completely healed and they can check that you are not showing any signs of lymphoedema. You should also be professionally fitted where possible to make sure the wires are sitting in the correct place.
You can only wear a heart or oval shaped prosthesis with an underwired bra, so please check the shape of yours before you order.